The United Way of Whatcom County believes the three basic building blocks that provide the foundation for a good quality of life are: Education, Income, and Health. Whether it is an individual without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or an individual struggling with a mental illness or addiction; when an individual suffers a health crisis the effects ripple throughout the rest of the community. In order to improve the health of the community United Way of Whatcom County conducts research and partners with a variety of projects and programs to achieve our community-wide goals. Our focus in Health is in Healthy & Active Living.
United Way's Healthy & Active Living Goals:
- To ensure that youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
- Individuals have access to a variety of healthcare and support.
- Families and individuals avoid or recover from the effects of violence and abuse.
Our Strategy for Healthy & Active Living Includes:
- Freedom from Abuse: Supporting individuals and families on their road to recovery (e.g., support groups and counseling family therapy, safe housing, child abuse prevention training, trauma support and counseling).
- Physical Activity and Healthy Choices: Eliminating childhood hunger and increasing access to healthy foods and fun physical activity (e.g., youth fitness and nutrition initiatives, before and after school recreation).
- Access to Health: Increasing access to a variety of important outlets (e.g., advocacy and recreational outlets for adults with disabilities, mental health support, prescription drug discounts).
Why support Health?
- Much of what determines a person's health occurs outside the doctor's office. Good health depends not just on access to quality medical care but also the opportunity to live in an environment that is conducive to healthy living.
- Healthy children perform better in school and healthy adults perform better in the workplace. The result is a thriving community where all people are active, have access to healthy food, and a local economy that benefits from millions of dollars saved on healthcare costs.
How are we making a difference annually?
- 5,400+ individuals and families receive support to recover from violence or abuse
- 3,800+ people achieve healthier lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and overall better life choices
Read articles on how we are making a difference in health:
- Healthy & Active Living
Making an Impact with Food
Healthy and Active Living
- Increased Safety
Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention
- Health Care Access
Healing the Mind
Preventative Education and Services